Mind Capsules – Vampirella #8 and John Carter: Warlord of Mars #3

Vampirella #8
Vampirella #8

Writer – Nancy A. Collins
Artist – Patrick Berkenkotter
Colours – Jorge Still

With Dr. Faustus on the loose and looking to eradicate the human race, Vampirella wastes no time in tracking the man down in order to stop him.  When she does, it is realized that there is a lot more to the scheme than anticipated.  The great thing about this series is that Nancy A. Collins wastes no time in getting the ball rolling and moving the plot along at a rapid-fire pace.  The first storyline of the book was wrapped up nice and neat before you knew it and it looks like this one is to be the same.  It is a good thing as well, as nobody likes a boring book and Vampirella is anything but.  So not only do we get the eventual confrontation with the good doctor, we also get to see Faustus’ background and how he was cursed by Zeus to spend his life as an old man for all of eternity for defiling Zeus’ daughter, Helen of Troy.  We also learn that destroying the human race is not something he is doing out of revenge, simply out of boredom and wanting to die with the reasoning that an extinction level event, however it might happen, will be the only way.  As ever, Patrick Berkenkotter’s artwork is beautiful and gives the book such a gothic feel you cannot help but be entranced by each and every page.  Collins and Berkenkotter make a great team as every issue of this reboot has been a joy to read and each one a whole lot of fun.  If there is one title you can count on from Dynamite to be a solid book, it is this one as the stories have been exciting and compelling and simply put, one of the best books they publish at the moment.

4 out of 5

John Carter Warlord of Mars #3
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #3

Writer – Ron Marz
Artist – Abhishek Malsuni
Inker – Zsolt H. Garisa
Colours – Nanjan Jamberi

Most people underestimate Dejah Thoris.  Quite often in fact.  So it is that she is using all of her means to convince Vush Tanzar to release her and in return, he will receive her gratitude.  It takes a bit of doing on her part, but it is made a little easier as he is infatuated with her.  Somewhere else, John Carter and his crew are racing to rescue her when their ship crashes and throws a bit doubt on everything because of it.  John Carter keeps on with Ron Marz and Abhishek Malsuni at the helm, churning out one of the best stories seen from the character in quite some time.  Dejah Thoris gets the bulk of the issue dedicated to her which was nice to see and to watch her twist one of the villains of the book around her finger like it was second nature was a lot of fun.  Abhishek Malsuni’s artwork continues to thrill and one of the best panels in the book was simply seeing Woola playing with his new White Ape friend, which was a genius move on Marz’s part by adding him to the team.  It is great to see someone portray the White Apes as something other than simple-minded killing machines for once.  So far the book has been doing a good job at showing the characters we know and love as they should be with John Carter and Dejah Thoris taking center stage most times.  Once the storyline wraps up, it would be nice to see some of the supporting cast explored with a bit more depth, which Ron Marz will more than likely do.  For the moment though, seeing John Carter and Dejah in such an exciting story is reward enough.

4 out of 5

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